College of Liberal Arts Immersive Learning

At Northeastern State University, students learn, grow, and accomplish things they never imagined! They have the chance to engage with the subject matter, each other, faculty, and other members of the learning community in ways that go far beyond typical lecture question response patterns. We call it Immersive Learning.

Immersive learning experiences facilitate real-world approaches, require learners to synthesize knowledge and skill, and connect students to career and employment opportunities. In NSU's immersive learning environments, students demonstrate their mastery of learning objectives and skill sets in direct and meaningful ways.

Each major is grounded in immersive learning experiences, ranging from embedded course activities, community service through major clubs, or culminating internship and capstone experiences. Whether it is the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member, argue a case in a moot court, teach math to middle school students, help a senior prepare a tax form, or test water samples in area streams, NSU students learn to make a difference far beyond the classroom.

Drama students performing for elementary school students

Examples of Immersive Learning Opportunities

Co-curricular Activities

  • Art student shows at the NSU Art Gallery
  • Field trips to museums, historic sites, anthropological sites and archives
  • Geography hands-on learning field trips
  • Group dynamics students present a Problem Solution Symposium to a public audience
  • Jazz music students conduct local high school jazz band
  • Jazz students compose music recorded by NSU Jazz band
  • Media Studies students partner with corporations, local businesses, and non-profit groups on promotional activities
  • Media Studies students serve as the staff of The Northeastern, NSU's online student newspaper
  • Media Studies students serve as the staff of Tsa- La-Gi, NSU's student online magazine
  • Model United Nations
  • Music students participate in Communiversity Band, jazz band, marching band, opera workshop, University Singers, University Chorus, and Wind Ensemble
  • NSU Debate Team
  • NSU Drama Productions
  • Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature
  • Public speaking students present speech to a community audience
  • ROTC
  • Students participate as performers, band members, technical crew and box office staff for the River City Players Productions

Participation in Internships and Practica

  • Criminal Justice internships in law enforcement and legal agencies
  • Geography internships
  • Media Studies internships in advertising, public relations, and journalism/broadcasting
  • Museums, historic sites, tribal businesses internships
  • Political Science internships
  • Social work practica
  • Sociology internships
  • Teacher Education internships in Art, English, Social Studies, Spanish, and Music

Scholarly Opportunities

  • Development of an online journal to showcase student research and writing in history
  • Submission of articles to discipline specific refereed journals and other publications
    • Contributions to the Oklahoma Encyclopedia of History and Culture
    • Contemporary Law and Justice Journal
  • Participation in discipline specific conferences and conventions
    • Oklahoma Speech, Theatre, Communication Association Convention
    • Social Work Child Welfare conferences
  • Participation in discipline specific competitions
    • American College Theatre Festival competition
    • Juried art shows
    • Music competitions
  • Working with faculty on discipline specific research projects
    • Ethnographic fieldwork in Belize, New Mexico, southwestern Oklahoma
    • Jazz Ensemble records with professional artists
    • Intercultural communication ethnography study


  • Family communication students volunteer in a family service non-profit
  • Junior and senior history majors provide tutoring to lower level students
  • Media studies students provide writing training to elementary school students
  • Media studies students plan and host Media Day for over 400 high school and junior college students
  • Music student performances at secondary schools and in professional settings such as the Tulsa Performing Arts Center
  • NSU Drama students provide critiques for area high school drama productions
  • Public relations students create campaigns for non-profits
  • Public relations students volunteer at local elementary school
  • Social work students participate in Angel Tree and food drive initiatives
  • Theatre service learning projects at area high schools
  • Workshops presented to local high school drama departments

Participation in Student Organizations

  • Alpha Psi Omega (National Theatre Honor Society)
  • Anthropology Club
  • From Scratch Improv Troupe
  • Geography Club
  • History Club
  • Impressions Dance Company
  • Model United Nations (MUN)
  • National Association of Student Social Workers
  • Northeastern Association for Student Social Workers
  • NSU Chapter of National Association for Music Education
  • Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL)
  • Phi Alpha (Social Work Honor Society)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society)
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Photography Club
  • Pi Gamma Mu (Social Science Honor Society)
  • Public Relations & Advertising Club (PRAD)
  • R is for Thursday (support for former foster youth)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society)
  • Spanish Club
  • Underground Graphics
  • Write Club(Creative Writing Club)